Gar Alperovitz is Lionel R. Bauman Professor of Political-Economy at the University of Maryland and a Founding Principal of the Democracy Collaborative, an organization devoted to developing community wealth-building approaches to local and national democratic reconstruction. Alperovitz is a former Fellow of Kings College, Cambridge University, of the Institute of Politics at Harvard, and of the Institute for Policy Studies; he was also a Guest Scholar at the Brookings Institution. He received his Ph.D. in Political-Economy as a Marshall Scholar at Cambridge University.
Alperovitz served previously as a Legislative Director for Rep. Robert Kastenmeir (WI) as well as for Earth Day Founder, Senator Gaylord Nelson (WI), and as a Special Assistant concerned with United Nations issues in the Department of State. He was also Chief Economic Adviser to a coalition of 135 Members of Congress led by Rep. Richard Ottinger. Alperovitz lectures widely; his most recent book is Unjust Deserts: How the Rich Are Taking Our Common Inheritance (with Lew Daly).